Unaccompanied Combined Transport (WP4)
- In Workpackage 4 new attractive products for Unaccompanied Combined Transport will be developed in order to achieve a shift from road to rail. To realize this, alternative traffic flow connections are analyzed. By finding and connecting source and destination of the goods flow as well as the responsible institutions (e.g. forwarders and ports), the work as 'transalpine architects' is realized. This Workpackage contributes immensely to mitigate the negative effects of cross-alpine freight transport. Another aim is to foster the accessibility to intermodality.
- Within an origin- and destination- analysis of shiftable goods the spatial positions of freights and their routes are defined. After identifying possible partners in loading and transport sector, these stakeholders, esp. railway and shipping companies as well as port administrations are connected with each other. Within the direct contact to the market, new products are defined corresponding exactly to the needs of loaders and forwarders.
- For instance Southern Germany and Lombardy Region are to be connected with regularly trains in Unaccompanied Transport. TRANSITECTS is also considering the seaport sector and its specific needs. Therefore prolongations to the Adriatic and Ligurian seaport are envisaged.
- As an output of WP 4 there were several activities to foster a concrete connection in Unaccompanied Combined Transport from Ulm to the greater region of Milan in Lombardy, esp. in researching demand structures. In several workshops stakeholders were connected and the idea of installing new trains was published. In November 2010 there was a delegation and information journey of southern German stakeholders to the Ligurian ports of Genoa, Savona and La Spezia.
- Analysis of transport flows: One project aim is to find out transport and traffic relations. With the help of the CAFT-Data gathered within the Zurich Process these relations can be discovered and analysed. Especially between Southern Germany and Northern Italy there are relevant goods flows over the Alps.
- Analysis of railway infrastructure: The TRANSITECTS partners don't intend to raise up new infrastructure, that's not their origin task. But they want to show bottlenecks as well as unused potentials to organise a more competitive rail transport.
- Developing new railway services: The main task of TRANSITECTS project cooperation is the developement of new railway services. These services in unaccompanied combined transport are to connect terminals between Northern Italy and Southern Germany. The idea behind is a shorter and more competetive transport route for intercontinental goods traffic especially in maritime transport.
- Fostering italian and slovenian ports as transport alternatives: Therefore the seaports located directly in the South of the Alpine Arch are the alternative gateways to intercontinental transport. But until now most of the goods with origin and destination overseas are transported through Northern ports. Within the project TRANSITECTS Northern italian and slovenian ports will be fostered as alternatives.
- Networking among stakeholders in railway transport: With several meetings, conferences and workshops stakeholders south and north of the Alpine Arch are connected to arrange new business relationships in order to concentrate goods flows on new alpine crossing rail transport routes.
- Promotion of interoperabilty in railway transport: In case of the prognosed cost raisement in road transport it is a competitive advantage to gather experiences with combined transport early. Therefore TRANSITECTS will promote intermodal transport as an alternative for road transport.
- Integration in Transeuropean Traffic Networks: There are two TEN axes crossing the Alps in North-South direction. Existing and new transport routes are to be connected within TRANSITECTS in order to build up an europewide network for intermodal transport.
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